Redlefty and Redwifey were curious about our lack of television reception. Allow me to explain. We live far enough out that cable is not available in our area. There is always the option of satellite TV, but really, we don't watch enough TV to warrant the expense. Our children firmly believe that this lack during their growing up years constituted child abuse.
What can I say? It sucked to be them.
When the great switchover to digital was announced, we were pretty excited. Our reception has always been kind of poor. Tim every so often climbed around the roof yelping, "Can you see it now?" and "How about now?" and "Well, is that better or worse?" etc. He's getting kind of old for that and really, it never seemed to help all that much, so we welcomed the digital television thing, with all of its promises of better picture quality and more stations.
We bought our digital converter box, and we waited with bated breath. The great day dawned, and (TA DA!) we lost television reception all together. I guess that's a lie. We get the Public Broadcasting stations. Three of them. After the initial shock, we kind of discovered that (surprise!) living without television all together? Not that big a loss. We like the 'Antique Roadshow' on PBS, and Tim likes 'This Old House'. We like 'The Last of the Summer Wine' when we can find it, and 'As Time Goes by'. We can watch the news every night. We're actually pretty good with that.
We could have stood there screaming, "It's a PLOT! The government wants us all to be ignorant of what is going on, so they stopped the media from pouring the unvarnished truth right into our living rooms. The satellite communications companies are in on the whole thing, and expect to force us all to pay for satellite receivers. It's a plot I tell you, and I won't take it lying down. By gosh, this is the apocalypse and it's happening right here before our eyes. Get your weapons. Stock up on ammo! The end is near! 2012 is right around the corner!"
Really. We could have done that.
But we decided, really, if we have a craving to watch more than the PBS line-up, we can always rent a video.